The Story of Libraries and the Semantic Web

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Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:15 PM

Location: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Campus Wilhelminenhof - Wilhelminenhofstraße 75A · Berlin

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Legacy systems reach their end-of-life and libraries are loosing their traditional role of being "information gatekeepers" due to the advent of the World Wide Web. This is forcing organizations to realign their information infrastructure. To do so, they investigate and apply Semantic Web technologies now for more than a decade. Over the past few years this has resulted in the adoption of Linked Open Data principles for bibliographic and authority data. It is still an open question whether this shift is sufficient for libraries and other memory institutions to tackle their infrastructural challenges but it's a clear trend.

In this event, we will explore the story of libraries and the Semantic Web. How has the usage of library catalogs and metadata in general evolved over the past decades? What is Linked Open Data, how does it relate to the Semantic Web, and which problems can it solve for libraries? What data has already been made available by libraries on the Web, and to what effect? How can this data be used both by libraries themselves to enhance their services and potentially by others to develop new ones?

Felix Ostrowski is a web researcher & developer. Before starting graphthinking GmbH, he worked as research assistant at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science and as software developer and repository manager at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre.

Johann Rolschewski has been working at the Berlin State Library since 2006. He is in charge of the system support of the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) with a main focus on APIs and data formats. Johann has studied Biology at the FU Berlin and has a Master degree in Computer Science from TFH Berlin. He is an active contributor to the Catmandu data toolkit.

Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff is a full professor for Media and Computing at the HTW Berlin. Debora teaches various media and software-oriented subjects. She works on projects related to the Internet and eLearning, and is a prominent author, researcher and educator on detecting plagiarism.

Agenda (TBC)

18:15 Welcome Marco Neumann
18:40 HTW Introduction Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff
18:55 The Story of Libraries and the Semantic Web - Felix Ostrowski
19:45 Open Discussion
21:00 Closing

Please provide a theme of interest or short (one paragraph) position statement (German or English) to participate in this event.

For further directions please visit the Campus Wilhelminenhof at the HTW Berlin site